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Re: [fluid-dev] Soundfonts and their licensing

From: S. Christian Collins
Subject: Re: [fluid-dev] Soundfonts and their licensing
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2009 15:06:31 -0500
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What do I need to do to make the GeneralUser GS license comply with Debian's Free Software Guidelines?  I believe GeneralUser's only restrictions currently are to prevent people from selling the work (since it's available for free) and to keep others from claiming the work as their own.  If there is a good existing license I could put it under that would make it gel with other OSS projects, then I'm all ears.  I love Linux, and I would love for my work to be able to be included with distros & other projects if so desired.


David Henningsson wrote:
About soundfonts, there is the fluid-soundfont-gm (and
fluid-soundfont-gs) that is in the Debian/Ubuntu repository, is licensed
under MIT, and sounds pretty good. It's quite large though (145 MB).
(Available for download at:
http://packages.debian.org/en/source/sid/fluid-soundfont )

It seems to me like neither Christian's GeneralUser_GS, nor the
VintageDreamsWaves-v2 (that comes with a SVN checkout) complies to
Debian's Free Software Guidelines, as they both restrict modification in
some way. So they will most likely be removed from the Debian package.

I know that Linux is bigger than Debian (and that Fluidsynth is bigger
than Linux!) and that other distributions are unaffected by this
limitation, I just wanted to add that point of view.

// David

Ebrahim Mayat skrev:
Josh, Pedro and Bernat

As a service to Linux users, I propose that the 'GeneralUser GS
FluidSynth v1.43.rgd" file written by S Christian Collins be made
available as part of the new release distribution. Configuring
rosegarden with this 'studio file' makes rosegarden work seamlessly with
fluidsynth/qsynth when used together with Chris' soundfont:
'GeneralUser_GS_FluidSynth_v1.43_RC1.sf2 '. 

It is also noteworthy to mention that with this setup, MIDI rendering in
rosegarden using fluidsynth worked without any timing errors.

Thanks Chris. 


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